May 1st, 2013
What Are the Signs of Tooth Decay?
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay won’t develop in your mouth unless you have teeth that have become weakened by acids. Most dentists won’t tell you this, but it is your diet that mainly influences whether or not you get cavities and not genetics.
What you do eat, as well as what you don’t eat plays a stronger role than genetics in determining the health of your teeth. Most dentists will tell you that plaque and bacteria are the primary causes of tooth decay. In my opinion, these are only secondary causes. The real causes of tooth decay are an acidic (sugar-loving) diet and not giving your body the adequate nutrition it needs to maintain strong and healthy teeth and bone structure. If you have a mouth that is very acidic because of your diet, it makes your enamel very weak and susceptible the cavities.
Signs of Tooth Decay
There are several signs of tooth decay. One of them is when your enamel starts to lose its color. Healthy enamel has a bright resuming color to it. It reflect light and is pearly white. On X-rays, healthy enamel shows up as bright white. These means the enamel is dense and healthy. The darker areas on the X-ray, are those parts of your enamel that are less healthy and more likely to contain cavities.
The next indicator of tooth decay is if you develop a soft spot in your tooth. Your teeth can become demineralized or desensitized, when they lose calcium and phosphorus ions. When this happens, then they become soft and permeable. If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold, it is because the substances you are drinking can easily penetrate the outer layer of your enamel and reach the more sensitive area of your dentine underneath. You really want to keep your enamel strong because it is your best defense against cavities.
When you go to the dentist, they use a tool called an Explorer to poke around in your teeth. Their goal is to find teeth that have been weakened. The only way that a lot of dentists know to cure a weak spot in your tooth is by drilling it out. A lot of times these weak spots don’t even hurt, and they don’t contain bacterial infections either. Drilling them out will just damage them even more. But by using natural methods, it is possible to cure tooth decay in its early stages.
If you want to cure tooth decay when it is in its early stages, you should use a Miswak stick. This chewing stick is a great way to harden up the soft areas in your teeth. It can get rid of toothaches, and more importantly, it can also re-mineralize some of these soft areas so that they are stronger and more resistant to cavities.
Update: I have also found tea tree oil tooth picks to work extremely well to help prevent plaque and cavity build up. They work well when you chew them up, but they are a lot hotter than miswak.
If you want to stop tooth decay, you need to also provide your body with the nutrition that it needs. You can strengthen your teeth by having mineral rich blood flow through your teeth more regularly, or by bathing your teeth in mineral-rich saliva.
Severe Tooth Decay
Severe tooth decay can be dangerous. You should try to stop tooth decay before it gets to this point. Once your cavity reaches the pulp of your tooth, it causes intense pain and it can even cause an abscess to occur. This is when blood starts to gather underneath the root of your tooth. It is extremely painful. In emergency situations, it is a good idea to go to the dentist. A lot of times however, you can heal cavities and even tooth decay on your own.